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Young Heretics

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Young Heretics is a podcast about truth, beauty, and the stuff that matters. While the academies of higher learning go ever crazier, Ph.D. in classics and Chief Heretic Spencer Klavan puts aside all the identity politics to get at the heart of what makes Western literature, philosophy, and poetry great. Join him every week as he dives into the heritage of the West and answers your questions about how to bring ancient wisdom into modern life.

Latest Episodes

Ep. 7: Fragments Shored Against Our Ruin

T.S. Eliot'sThe Waste Landis known as one of the most depressing poems ever. Eliot refuses to offer any BS or happy talk: his spare, cold look at the woes of modernity can help us understand where hope lives when everything else goes dark. In this episode of Young Heretics, Spencer Klavan argues that this work also contains the seeds of Eliot's eventual conversion to Christianity and hope for us in our own depressing age.

66 MIN4 d ago
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Ep. 7: Fragments Shored Against Our Ruin

Ep. 6: The Pride Before the Fall

The victory of Greece over Persia at Salamis blew everybody's mind. InPersians, the great tragedian Aeschylus looks back on the wars he fought and questions what makes a civilization great. In this episode of Young Heretics, Spencer Klavan walks listeners through the play, the genius of tragedy, and the Western tradition of honoring your enemies.

67 MIN1 w ago
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Ep. 6: The Pride Before the Fall

Ep. 5: The Greatest Intellectual of the 20th Century

Was C.S. Lewis the 20th century’s greatest thinker? Lewis was a war veteran, the unofficial pastor of the West in itsdarkest hour, and a supremely gifted philosopher with a masterfully light touch. In this episode of Young Heretics,Spencer Klavan takes the audience through a close look at Lewis’sThe Abolition of Manto prove that those who dismissLewis as “just the Narnia guy” are just plain wrong.

82 MIN2 w ago
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Ep. 5: The Greatest Intellectual of the 20th Century

Ep. 4: What is Love?

It's more than sex. In fact, sex is just the beginning. Plato'sSymposiumis the hilarious, weird, and profound story of one magical night on which the erotic secrets of the universe were unveiled. In this episode of Young Heretics, Spencer Klavan does a deep dive into the world of Socrates and the mysteries of love.

75 MIN3 w ago
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Ep. 4: What is Love?

Ep. 3: Birth of an Empire

At the Battle of Actium, the fabled lovers Antony and Cleopatra made a doomed last stand against Julius Caesar's heir, Octavian. In this episode of Young Heretics, Spencer Klavan and Cornell historian Barry Strauss talk through the battle that ended the Roman republic, and the sex, treachery, and feuding that transformed the world.

34 MINJUN 2
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Ep. 3: Birth of an Empire

Ep. 2: God's Prophet in the Valley of Death

The Prophecy of Isaiah is so much more than the excerpts you hear at Christmas. It's a story of war and politics, of defiance in the face of utter despair, and of faith when everything you believed in—even the city of God—comes crumbling to the ground. In this episode of Young Heretics, Spencer Klavan tells the story of this enigmatic genius from the 8th century BC.

34 MINMAY 26
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Ep. 2: God's Prophet in the Valley of Death

Ep. 1: Glory and the Songs of War

It all starts with Homer: the man, the myth, the musician. In this episode ofYoungHeretics, Spencer Klavan walks through the glorious tale of valor, tragedy, and heroism known as theIliad, reading aloud from the rhythms of the originalGreek and recounting this ancient tale of thewar for the most beautiful woman in the world.

30 MINMAY 19
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Ep. 1: Glory and the Songs of War

Trailer: Culture Without the Culture Wars

Is reading Shakespeare racist? Is it too exclusive to study Homer? On Young Heretics, Spencer Klavan has only one thing to say about identity politics: it's crap. Why not leave it in the garbage where it belongs? Young Heretics does just that, instead focusing on the enormous wealth of wisdom that is found in Western culture.

1 MINMAY 15
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Trailer: Culture Without the Culture Wars
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Latest Episodes

Ep. 7: Fragments Shored Against Our Ruin

T.S. Eliot'sThe Waste Landis known as one of the most depressing poems ever. Eliot refuses to offer any BS or happy talk: his spare, cold look at the woes of modernity can help us understand where hope lives when everything else goes dark. In this episode of Young Heretics, Spencer Klavan argues that this work also contains the seeds of Eliot's eventual conversion to Christianity and hope for us in our own depressing age.

66 MIN4 d ago
Comments
Ep. 7: Fragments Shored Against Our Ruin

Ep. 6: The Pride Before the Fall

The victory of Greece over Persia at Salamis blew everybody's mind. InPersians, the great tragedian Aeschylus looks back on the wars he fought and questions what makes a civilization great. In this episode of Young Heretics, Spencer Klavan walks listeners through the play, the genius of tragedy, and the Western tradition of honoring your enemies.

67 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Ep. 6: The Pride Before the Fall

Ep. 5: The Greatest Intellectual of the 20th Century

Was C.S. Lewis the 20th century’s greatest thinker? Lewis was a war veteran, the unofficial pastor of the West in itsdarkest hour, and a supremely gifted philosopher with a masterfully light touch. In this episode of Young Heretics,Spencer Klavan takes the audience through a close look at Lewis’sThe Abolition of Manto prove that those who dismissLewis as “just the Narnia guy” are just plain wrong.

82 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Ep. 5: The Greatest Intellectual of the 20th Century

Ep. 4: What is Love?

It's more than sex. In fact, sex is just the beginning. Plato'sSymposiumis the hilarious, weird, and profound story of one magical night on which the erotic secrets of the universe were unveiled. In this episode of Young Heretics, Spencer Klavan does a deep dive into the world of Socrates and the mysteries of love.

75 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Ep. 4: What is Love?

Ep. 3: Birth of an Empire

At the Battle of Actium, the fabled lovers Antony and Cleopatra made a doomed last stand against Julius Caesar's heir, Octavian. In this episode of Young Heretics, Spencer Klavan and Cornell historian Barry Strauss talk through the battle that ended the Roman republic, and the sex, treachery, and feuding that transformed the world.

34 MINJUN 2
Comments
Ep. 3: Birth of an Empire

Ep. 2: God's Prophet in the Valley of Death

The Prophecy of Isaiah is so much more than the excerpts you hear at Christmas. It's a story of war and politics, of defiance in the face of utter despair, and of faith when everything you believed in—even the city of God—comes crumbling to the ground. In this episode of Young Heretics, Spencer Klavan tells the story of this enigmatic genius from the 8th century BC.

34 MINMAY 26
Comments
Ep. 2: God's Prophet in the Valley of Death

Ep. 1: Glory and the Songs of War

It all starts with Homer: the man, the myth, the musician. In this episode ofYoungHeretics, Spencer Klavan walks through the glorious tale of valor, tragedy, and heroism known as theIliad, reading aloud from the rhythms of the originalGreek and recounting this ancient tale of thewar for the most beautiful woman in the world.

30 MINMAY 19
Comments
Ep. 1: Glory and the Songs of War

Trailer: Culture Without the Culture Wars

Is reading Shakespeare racist? Is it too exclusive to study Homer? On Young Heretics, Spencer Klavan has only one thing to say about identity politics: it's crap. Why not leave it in the garbage where it belongs? Young Heretics does just that, instead focusing on the enormous wealth of wisdom that is found in Western culture.

1 MINMAY 15
Comments
Trailer: Culture Without the Culture Wars
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